after the turn of the century a young woman created a trading situation in
the East End of Glasgow, which has now become reknowned throughout the
world as......."THE BARRAS"
Margaret Russell, daughter of an Ayrshire policeman got her first taste of
business at the tender age of twelve, when she looked after a fruit barrow
belonging to her Mother's friend, in a street in Parkhead Glasgow.
She thrived in this environment and saved up enough money to open a small
fruit shop in Bridgeton (Brigton in the East End of Glasgow). It was
during one of her regular visits to the fruit market that she mat James
McIver whom she later married.
Together they set up a business at a yard in the district of Calton where
they rented out horses and carts to traders who hawked around the
wealthier streets of Glasgow. Soon they acquired more ground, this time in
Moncur Street (Glasgow's East End) where they rented out static barrows to
traders to trade to the Public on Saturday mornings.
And that folks is how it all began wan wee entrepreneurial Scots Wumman.